Truth or Myth?: 5 Diet Tips Demystified
Dr. Oz tackles 5 common—and potentially misleading—pieces of advice to help you rule out bogus weight-loss methods.
"Wait Until You're Hungry to Eat."
Myth!: By waiting to eat until you're very hungry, your hunger simply builds and builds until it's all consuming, causing your appetite to get out of control. In fact, new research reveals that by skipping breakfast, you'll end up eating more calories in total and making less healthy food choices throughout the day than you would have otherwise. Research also shows that forgoing breakfast activates your body's insulin response, triggering fat storage and weight gain.
Bottom line: Never skip breakfast. In general, don't wait until you're ravenous to eat, which can tempt you to reach for junk foods loaded with refined carbs, sugar and trans fats. Be sure to eat every few hours throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, and incorporate a few healthy snacks in between to keep your appetite in check. Lastly, consider monitoring your hunger by measuring your appetite on a scale of 1 (starving) to 10 (full). If you wait to eat until your hunger is at level 1, you're more likely to binge.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.